Louisville’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.
It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in Louisville.
And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Louisville. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Louisville neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Louisville hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Louisville area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Highlands Douglas ranks way above the rest.
We examined 67 of Louisville’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Louisville’s reputation.
Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Louisville according to data:
- Park Hill
- Smoketown Jackson
- Soutland Park
Read on to see how we determined the places around Louisville that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.
Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from worst to best.
Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Louisville.
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How we determined the worst Louisville hoods
To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in Louisville:
- High unemployment (Less jobs)
- Low median income (Less pay)
- Low population density (No things to do)
- Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
- High crime (Estimated)
Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Louisville for each of these criteria from worst to best.
Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criteria into a ‘Worst Score’.
The neighborhood with the lowest ‘Worst Score’ ranks as the worst neighborhood of Louisville.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Louisville to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 67 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.
1. Park Hill
Median Income: $23,213
Median Home Value: $55,425
Median Income: $20,324
Median Home Value: $53,012
Median Income: $17,320
Median Home Value: $45,436
Median Income: $20,959
Median Home Value: $43,371
5. Smoketown Jackson
Median Income: $18,048
Median Home Value: $65,800
Median Income: $23,153
Median Home Value: $65,544
Median Income: $25,211
Median Home Value: $57,391
Median Income: $22,459
Median Home Value: $51,580
9. Soutland Park
Median Income: $29,302
Median Home Value: $93,500
Median Income: $25,217
Median Home Value: $73,362
The ‘hoods around Louisville that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Louisville with Park Hill landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Louisville aren’t all bad. Highlands Douglas takes the cake as the best place to live in Louisville.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Worst Louisville Neighborhoods
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